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anger against president obama will really be the motivating factor. to bring out their base but they still have to go for those -- for those folks in the middle if they're going to win. this is obviously going to be such a tight election. >> let me play a little sound as we mentioned. mitt romney was in colorado today, the president in iowa. take a listen. >> i believe that we should make sure the taxes on the 98% of
americans don't go up, and then we should let the tax cuts expire for folks like me, for the top 2% of americans. >> for job creators and small businesses, he announced a massive tax increase. so at the very time the american people are seeing fewer jobs created than we need, the president announces he's going to make it harder for jobs to be created. >> we disagree on the other 2%. what do you usually do if you agree on 98 ps% and disagree on? why don't you compromise to help the middle class? go ahead and do the 98% and we can keep arguing about the 2%. let's agree when we can agree. >> the very idea of raising taxes on small business and job creators at the very time we need more jobs is the sort of thing only an extreme liberal could come up with. >> that was just a little bit, a
little bit of what both gentlemen said today. how did they do, gloria? >> well, i think you're seeing each candidate try to caricature the other candidate, and the caricatures are forming and this is the time in the summer when voters start paying attention and thoughts start crystallizing in their minds. that's why you saw president obama come out with keeping the tax cuts for those earning under $250,000 a year, because he wants to be on the side of the middle class and portray romney has somebody who cares about the wealthy. what mitt romney is saying, look, the people you're talking about raising taxes on are the small business job creators and that won't work either. so, you're going to continue to hear these arguments, but in a way, brooke, i sometimes wonder whether they're actually preaching to the choir on these issues. because, as we saw in that earlier poll, nine out of ten people say, okay, i've already
decided. what it's going to come down to is a threshold question of do you want to rehire president obama for four more years to manage your economy? and what i don't think we're hearing enough of from the candidates, quite frankly, is what they would do for the next four years if elected? and i think that will come sort of starting in the fall campaign, maybe even in the debates. >> right. before we hear maybe a little more of that, tocaricatures, an you can hear the jobs when they speak, and the other line is outsourcing. they've been hammering romney on outsourcing. some say he'd been too quiet about that. that changed today. here's this. >> but it is interesting that when it comes to to outsourcing, that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of american jobs himself, by
putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies, that end up making their products outside the united states. if there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the united states, not the guy who's running to replace him. >> the rnc, glor, yeah you know this, they set up a whole website attacking obama on outsourcing specifically but this fak aback and forth, are w going to see this through to november or here's what i'm doing in the next four years? >> we are. i was talking to a source close to the romney campaign today who said there's going to be a significant effort to continue to punch back against president obama on this outsourcing theme because they believe that president obama's unrestrained trade policies, as they call it, lose jobs in america. so, they've been criticized by some republicans for not pushing back enough. and so i think now, and you saw the chairman of the rnc, you'll continue to see more of that. and from mitt romney himself. but again, these kind of toand
fro eg it's the din of the situation, they'll figure out if they're angry about it or give president obama a chance to see what what he did do for the next four years. this story has to play itself out a little bit as we head into the fall. >> i couldn't believe when i saw those polls this morning, especially that huge number of people who said they had already decided. >> that also happened in 2004 with george w. bush. the difference between bush and obama is that bush was at 50% or a little above in the polls and president obama is at 47% in the polls. you see those numbers again. 92% say, i'm not going to change my mind. >> 79% definitely decided. gloria borger, thank you. a lot more news developing
this hour. roll it. it's known as the most gruelling training program for marines. 86 days, no mercy in the school just opened its doors to women. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. the u.s. spent millions in a hospital in afghanistan. but as i speak, congress is demanding answers about the horrible conditions there. one of the world's biggest banks under fire for bad behavior. the new questions surfaced about what the new york fed knew and when. look at this. cue live in 300 square feet? welcome to gotham. and cheddar bay biscuits then choose one of 7 entrees plus dessert! four perfect courses, just $14.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently.
86 days of hell, programs the best description of the infantry officer's training at quantico, virginia. marines are mum on the details of the course but it's believed to test the boundaries of mental and physical fitness. those who survive, they're essentially the elite of the elite. starting in september for the very first time ever, this infantry officer's training course will be open to women. greg jacobs is a former u.s. marine, policy director of the service women's action network and he's been through this ioc, this course. first, talk to me about some of the details. reading about it, it sounds like hell. >> it's pretty gruelling. the most physically gruelling and mentally arduous course i've ever been through. essentially they deprive you of almost everything. they strip you down to the minimal amount of chow, the
minimal amount of water, the minimal amount of sleep, minimal amount of supervision, and more importantly, minimal amount of information. that lack of information creates uncertainty. you find the biggest challenge of the course is coping with the uncertainty and being able to make decisions in a simulated operational environment with very little information to go on. >> i was reading this article about this course in "the new york times" yesterday and they quoted someone as saying, basically, nuls have a bone protruding out of your leg in terms of an injury, you keep going. is that fair? >> that's fair to say. i mean, it's a school environment, so there are safety precautions and safety standards and the instructors are all trained and medical personnel that's there, but the scope of the medical care is the same as it is in combat. designed to get you back into the fight. 23 you're experiencing some sort of physical issue and you go see a medic or corpsman, their mission is to put you back in this class and get you back into the rotation. >> as far as the news it's going co-ed, as policy director for
women service action network, do you think women can hack this 86-day course? >> yes, yes, i think i can. you know, i trained alongside women. i commanded women in a training environment that taught basic infantry skills. and women will rise to the occasion and they will train to the same standard men will. it's critical because the marines represent the pointy tip of the sphere and they deploy more and engaged more and in harm's way more than any other force and they deserve the absolute best leaders this country can provide. some of those leaders happen to be women. >> i'm sure a lot of women appreciate you saying, yes, that they can handle it. but, greg, we had a marine on cnn today and she said, you know what, i tested out well. did great in training. they threw me into combat and it didn't go so well. here she was. >> i went from breaking school records to being broken in a matter of -- a short amount of time. i left a seven-month deployment, 17 pounds lighter, muscle
atrophy. i stopped producing estrogen for me caused infertility and i was only doing a portion of what my infantry broeterren were doing. >> is this something we need to consider taking on broader roles in the ranks of the military? >> i think the issue here is qualified women that go through this course and that pass this course should be offered the opportunity to command infantry troops. anything less than that is discrimination. anything less than that is not what the constitution is about. every marine takes an effort to support. >> i hear your emphasis on the word qualified. how do you know if you're qualified before you start? >> you go through the course. and you pass the course. >> gary jacob. thank you. >> thank you. home mortgage rates are at an all-time low. many of you might consider buying a home, refinancing a home, answers in cnn's help desk. >> we're talking about your home, a very, very important asset likely for you. with me to do that, ryan mack
and carmen wong. take a listen to this question. >> how come all the mortgage rates are different at different banks? >> that's a good question. and they're often not as low as we see advertised. >> i love this question, because it's a basic understanding of what a mortgage is. think about it like this, it's a gallon of milk. why does a gallon of milk at the store next to you or the bodega down the street is priced differently than the gal monday of milk at costco and sam's club. a mortgage is a product just like any other product you buy. think of the financial institution as the retailer. so, they are selling a product. that's why the price is different wherever you go. there are marketing costs. all these costs, overhead. so they can price it. is it a promotion? here's what's important to understand. the prices advertised you may not be able to get those prices. can you get that mortgage rated? that's your responsibility and that's about you. that's the only difference between buying that milk and buying the mortgage. >> i'mglad they don't check my credit score before you buy the milk. >> then the price would go up or down. so, you have to pay attention to
what you can control. that is shopping around and then making sure your credit is great, fantastic, on par and that will affect your rate. >> certain things you can control, maybe going to a credit union. a lot of credit unions, are not for profit organizations, and you can find a good mortgage rate. >> a lot of people don't think you qualify to go to a credit union. that's not the case. >> you can be a part of a fireman's or police officer's credit union by knowing a fireman or police officer. >> thank you very much. if you have a question you want our financial experts to tackle, upload a 30-second video with your question to ireport.com. british and american banks accused of manipulating interest rates. the plot now thickens. what did the regulators know and when? this is $100,000.
as you've heard by now, barclays has agreed to pay some $450 million in fines for its admitted role in manipulating interest rates in the run up to the 2008 financial meltdown. the bank's chief executive is one of the three top officials forced to resign in last week grilled at an open investigation in london. now the plot thickens because yesterday a top house republican wrote the federal reserve, demanding transcripts of
barclays officials and regulators here in the u.s. i'll quote from his letter. although barclays raised concerns multiple times with american and british authorities about subscriptidescriptions ho was set, the bank was not told to stop the practice. now we're talking about bank's manipulating interest rates, generating trillions of dollars worth of transactions and regulators turning a blind eye. alison kosik, what is the fed saying about this today? >> we're learning this was four years ago when the new york federal reserve began asking barclays about how it submitted its suggestle libor rates. it was four years ago when they began asking these questions. we're just learning about this now. congress believes this regional branch of the fed knew something was fishy but didn't take any action at the time. it may have been distracked with the financial cries.
the new york fed came out with a statement saying it received occasional anecdotal reports from barclays about libor and how to reform libor. this month on capitol hill lawmakers will be asking a lot of questions and demanding answers. >> i'm sure we'll be watching for those questions and answers. in the meantime, this whole idea of banks manipulate willing interest rates is a worrisome, a very worrisome prospect. it sounds like they were manipulating the rates downward. so -- >> yeah, exactly. >> why? what's the impact on consumers by doing that? >> that was a big part of it. let's back up a bit and explain what the libor rate is. the benchmark rate where banks actually determine that rate, that ends up influencing all those interest rates on our credit cards, our car and student loans and our adjustable rate mortgages. if the libor goes up, your monthly interest rate payments may go up with it.
if it goes down, you may enjoy lower interests. if you have libor securities, you would earn less interest. no one is sure how the manipulation affected all of these. some say the changes in the libor rate were so miniscule skul and tiny it didn't are any affect at all on the consumer. if wasn't a direct impact like that, the problem here is that barclays was so brazen that it did whatever it wanted to. in this case, manipulate the interest rates. brooke? >> and now they're asking questions of the fed. could be asking questions of other banks. we'll be watching. alison kosik, thank you for us in new york. on capitol hill, they are talking obama care and republicans are making another move to try and kill the law. but the democrats, they have a strategy you'll hear. plus hijacking your smartphone and stealing your contacts. what we just uncovered about who is creeping into smartphones and how to stop it. matters. pioneers in outsourcing us jobs supports tax breaks overseas. insourcing. industry and favors bring jobs home. it matters.
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me i was looking at my blackberry to make sure i can pull up this quote. it's classic and really gives a good example of the answer to your question. walter jones, republican congressman from north carolina, just told our producer, really an honest answer to why they're doing it. he said they are doing it to make a statement. that's what the people want us to do. he said, that's all this really is, making a statement. then he went on to say the republicans hope that they will be able to do more than make a statement after the november elections. look, the republicans feel that the one good thing politically from the supreme court decision was the fact that the supreme court upholding the health care law, called it a tax and they believe politically ramming this -- pounding this health care law as attacks is a good thing, because people simply don't like to get tax. one major reason they're bringing this up again for the 32nd -- i think you said, 32nd or 33rd time in some way, shape or form. >> that's why the republicans are doing it.
what about the democrats, do they have any strategy here? >> the democrats are actually -- have been quite disciplined. if you talk to democrats they'll tell you they're surprised themselves as they've been as disciplined as they have been. making the case over and over again they believe this is yesterday's news. republicans are fighting yesterday's battles. one of the things we saw on capitol hill today were a pair of hearings republicans are having. looking at tax impact, the business impact, the impact on doctors as well, of this health care law. what democrats did is they used that hearing to have a mantra. the mantra was about mitt romney. listen. >> since 2006 massachusetts under governor romney mandated near universal coverage for it's population. >> for the past five years they've been living with comprehensive health care reform. signed into law by governor mitt romney that is substantially similar. >> so, democrats figure,
republicans are having this vote, having this debate in every way, shape or form. why not make a political plus out of it? why not have fun with it or at least use it to their advantage. at this point, democrats believe one major advantage is trying to remind people that mitt romney, as governor of massachusetts, did sign the mandate into law in that state and that, as you remember, during the republican primary season, one of the main reasons people like rick santorum said you don't want this republican as our nominee because it will muddle the message. >> they may say it was yesterday's news. they're allowed to vote. we'll be talking about this as it happens tomorrow. dana bash, cnn senior correspondent. remember those pesky pop-up ads, computer ads? they're back. this time they're holding your smartphone hostage. next hear christine romans in new york. >> brooke, you know when you get those pop-up ads on your smartphone? be careful about clicking on them because they could be changing your settings and taking your contact information without permission. that's according to a new report
from mobile security company lookout. their study says tens of thousands of smartphone apps, tens of thousands of them, are running these aggressive and invasive ads. when the advertising networks get your personal information, they're selling it to marketers. now, this isn't widespread yet but a growing problem. how big? 5% of free mobile apps are letting these ad pop-ups into your phone to make money. and the study found those apps have been downloaded 80 million times. the most common type of apps are one you use to personalize your phone. the second is comics. the third, arcade and action apps. fourth comes from entertainment apps. the next time you're shopping for apps on your phone and you click on some of these free ones, keep this in mind. the way to get rid of these apps on your phone is simply to delete the app. >> kristchris thank you. you may not know which app is causing the problem so you might have to go through each app to
find out where those problems are coming from. nasa revealed stunning new 360-degree panoramic image of mars taken by mars rover opportunity. chad myers is in the studio. i just love this picture. i love the tracks, you can actually see from the rover. >> you know what, this thing has now been on the ground for 3,000 days. it finally had its 3,000th day anniversary. think about buying a car. it comes with a six-month warranty and lasts you eight years. you're probably pretty happy about this. this is opportunity. now, we understand spirit stopped working in 2010 but this is now more than 3,000 day and nights in marches, 817 pictures, all glued together to make this 360-pan cam of the opportunity. there's "opportunity" down here, solar panel still working. some tracks where it was driving to get up here. stopped for a couple months to take all of these pictures.
if you go all the way to this side. this is out. this is north. this is south again. understand we don't have a 360-degree screen. it's a flat screen. these are all these little pictures all glued together and looked over the entire martian landscape. seeing dust over here. you can see wind-blown dust. you see like the sahara desert where wind-blown sand storms in here. they're still getting fantastic images from this mars rover. another one on the way "curiosity" will be there in 29 days. we'll show it to you as soon as we get pictures, of course. >> that's cool with the wind. looks like broad daylight. amazing images of mars. thank you so much. that is your "reporter roulette". i have some more amazing pictures for you. what took place inside a u.s.-funded hospital? these are tough pictures to look at. this is inside the war gloen. you'll see them in a report you'll only see right here on cnn. [ slap! slap! ]
rotting flesh, protruding ribs? now the treatment of wounded afghan soldiers in a kabul hospital has caught the attention of the pentagon because the military hospital is partly funded by the u.s. live pictures coming in here. this is a hearing happening right now into the claims of abuse here. i just want to give you a warning. time to pause, get the kids out of the room if you have little ones there, look away if you need to because the aim littles
we're about to show you, they're tough to look at. but they're also very, very important here. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has our exclusive report. >> reporter: afghan soldiers starving, lying in dirty beds with festering wounds. denied painkillers. all of this at the kabul national military hospital, a hospital the u.s. paid more than $100 million to help the afghans run. >> things are simple as dressing changes are not done. patient become infected and they die. >> reporter: these days, a world away, skyler geller, a retired air force doctor, tends to his tennessee farm. >> this will be a little haven. >> reporter: from february 2010 to february 2011 he oversaw training of afghans at the hospital. these photos were taken by his american military staff. >> there are patients that are
starving to death because they can't buy the food. they have to bribe for food. they have to bribe for medicine. patients were beaten when they complained about no pain med or no medicine. >> reporter: and you're not supposed to worry about that? >> that's what we were told. >> reporter: pentagon officials do not dispute that the photos from 2010 show hidden, but deliberate abuse by afghan staff. but they insist that after a u.s. inspection, conditions have improved significantly. in this memo to congress, geller alleges, two senior u.s. generals who oversaw afghan training, lieutenant general william caldwell and his deputy gary patton in 2010 delayed bringing in pentagon investigators because of their political concerns over the looming midterm u.s. elections. geller says caldwell was angry his staff wanted the inspector general to investigate and that
patton ordered a delay out of concern it would embarrass the obama white house. >> and then he said, but we don't want to do -- we don't want to put that request in right now because there's an upcoming general election. and we wouldn't want this to leak out. >> that's just not acceptable. >> reporter: congressman jason house oversight subcommittee is inre inrest. >> did didn't just come from one, or two, we've had several who stepped forward and said, yes, this is indeed the case. >> reporter: geller says he wants the truth to come out. >> the biggest frustration is our own leadership's response and how slow that was and how inadequate that was.
>> want to bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. just the first image in your piece, that man looked skeletalal. this hearing is happening right now. what do we expect to come out of this? >> the committee has put out a statement, the chairman has put out a statement saying he is, i want to quote, disheartened and disgusted by these photos. i want to be clear. this has been around since about 2010, but it's only recently that the -- that schuyler geller has come forward publicly and agreed to give us this interview on camera. we now have the pentagon's inspector general again, again, brooke, looking into all of this, launching a review about whether general caldwell and patton did delay an investigation into all of this. general caldwell, general patton, we reached out. they declined to comment because of this new pending inspector
general review. the pentagon says the problems have been fixed at the hospital, but congress is holding hearings to try to determine what really happened here. >> i know you'll be watching to see what comes of the rue vevie. barbara starr at the pentagon, thank you. next up, a billboard showing how you can beet a breathalyzer. why one group livid. the medicare debate continues in washington...
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to want tell about you this new product that has m.a.d.d. really living up to it's name. they're worried about the breathalyzer equalizer, which came on the market last month. a company video demonstrates how a person takes this breathalyzer equalizer. here he goes. swallowing this powder to get rid of what's called residual mouth alcohol so that you can get a lower reading if you have to take a breathalyzer test. >> you're putting drunks on the road. if you get caught, you know, you can beat the test and that false sense of hope is going to lead to an accident. that accident could kill somebody, could injure somebody. >> defense attorney joey jackson is on the case. i was not familiar with residual mouth alcohol until today. so, explain to me how this really works. you take this powder, lots say you haven't had enough drinks to be drunk, but it still leaves
something to you could fail a test, is that correct? >> it could. this is how it works, according to what i've learned as a former prosecutor and now doing this from a defense perspective. what happens is you want a reliable and accurate reading. there are machines which detect the presence of alcohol in your blood. it's a blood to alcohol content. they measure it by when you blow into a tube. so, the issue is, you want an accurate reading. oftentimes that reading is contaminated or could be by what's called residual mouth alcohol. what that is, brooke, it's alcohol which gets confined to see created in the oral cavity and could come from a number of things. that's why officers are trained to observe you for a period of time. often 15, 20 minutes, so that if you belch, it comes up from the stomach, can leave contaminant in your mouth. if you, for example, vomit, regurgitation causes it, you can get it from binaca blast, some other things. this is designed to eliminate the residual alcohol and get an accurate reading from what you're blowing from your
stomach, deep air, into the tube. >> so, the issue, as we just heard in that sound bite from the gentleman from madd is they're worried, okay, drunk drivers will try this and that will lead to more drunk driving on the roads. let me get to this, a response from the company's executive vice president, the company making this product. he's the man in the demonstration video. he says, quote, we don't condone drunk driving. this product only reduces the false readings on the roadside breathalyzer that can be caused by residual mouth alcohol and has no effect on a person's true alcohol concentration. our only goal is to improve the accuracy in roadside breath testing. joey, if it turns out that a drunk driver thinks they can use this product and it's going to work, could police then use that against the driver? >> you know, it would seem to be that they're going to use everything they can, but i would hasten to add this, brooke, it's not the only thing. the measure of alcohol in your blood is one indicator. there are other things police do, as we know. they have you walk the straight line, right, nine times forward, nine times back.
they have you touch your nose to make sure you're okay. they have you stand on one leg to see what your balance is. so, this is one tool, of course, this company is saying would give you a more reliable reading because it would eliminate any can tom nant in your mouth and ensure, only ensure the result comes from deep lung air. you can spin it any way you like. prosecutors, i'm sure, won't like this. defense attorneys will love it. ultimately if the product is going to lead to a more desirable result and accurate result, then so be it. >> all right. joey jackson, thanks for the explanation. appreciate it. on the case here. >> pleasure, brooke. it is even hard to bring a hard core rocker to tears, but watch this. >> it was so beautiful, you know. >> chili pepper bassist flea, rocker dad in tears. you'll see why this story really affects him. in every way, shape, and form. it's my dream vehicle. on a day to day basis, i am not using gas.
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chi chili peppers and we can make an impact on our children's organization. it's an organization i started with a couple of friends called the silver lake conservatory of music. we're a nonprofit community-based music school in los angeles. i grew up in los angeles, going to public schools. i learned to play music at school. i was the type of kid that was going to end up in a lot of trouble. music was something i really had to hold onto. it made me want to go to school, gave me something to believe b in. i see these kids come in and so many of them don't have a direction. they're getting in trouble or they don't have something that they're really passionate about and they find an instrument and they find something that they really love. i was teaching this kid who had been kind of shuffled around from foster home to foster home. i could see from the get-go this kid would not be denied. the fervor and commitment he applied himself to his instrument, it waso beautiful. just bursting at the seams with kids. we have to turn down kids all the time. our goal is for the school to be going and to be an institution
in the community long after i'm gone. "impact your world" cnn.com/impact. >> that is awesome. flea, thank you so much. now think about this. take your whole life, i'm talking about everything you've got, cram it, here we go, into 300 square feet. check this out. we've taped off 300 square feet here in studio 7. the answers to growing population and to single dom. we're talking about that next. from psoriatic arthritis hit, even the smallest things became difficult. i finally understood what serious joint pain is like. i talked to my rheumatologist and he prescribed enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, and stop joint damage. because enbrel, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel,
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we are just a couple moments away from the top of the hour. and hello, mr. blitzer. what do you have coming up? >> nice to see you, brooke. haven't seen you in a while. you're back in this time slot. >> yes. >> good to have you just before "the situation room." we have a lot of good stuff coming up. james carville has a new book out with stan greenberg, "it's the middle class stupid." they're here. the book is just coming out today. we're going to talk about what's going on in the world of presidential politics. also on a very different subject, national security. the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike rogers is here, jane harmon, former ranking member of that committee. that's in our 6:00 p.m. eastern hour. we've got good stuff to talk about with them. a lot of news happening in the world of politics, national security. all sorts of good stuff. i'm looking forward to three
hours of "the situation room" coming up. >> three hours. wolf blitzer, quick question. i know your daughter lives in new york city. this is a segue into our next segment, i bet her friends have tiny apartments. >> very small. but that's new york, new york. i'm sure they're not as small as what mayor bloomberg has in line. >> there we go. that's why we love you. we're going to talk about that. new york has famously small apartments. they could get even smaller. under this proposal wolf just mentioned, this is from the new york mayor, michael bloomberg. he's calling on these developers to come up with these different designs for apartments no longer than and no larger than, let me say that, no larger than 300 square feet. 300 square feet. so i'm going to hop up. and i want to show you what 300 square feet kind of looks like. this is studio 7. what we've done thanks to our caution tape -- walk with me, robert. is this is 300 square feet right here. and, you know, sitting here i was trying to figure out what
exactly you could fit. we have some sofas. you could fit your sofas. and from this vantage i'm thinking you've got to have a bed, maybe you can fit a refrigerator. if you have a lot of clothes, this isn't going to work. could you entertain? i don't know. but 300 square feet obviously is a pretty tight squeeze. but i've had friends certainly who lived in the city going to college and they just build walls, don't they? i don't know if this would be much different. but i want to talk about how this may be working. and i want to talk to sean orber, the founder of a new york real estate firm, core. featured on hdtv's "selling new york." i don't know what you thought of our 300 square feet demo. but it's not a heck of a lot of space. so before we get into what the mayor's proposing, tell me, what do you think you could fit into 300 square feet. >> well, i'm a little bit bigger than you. i think you fit beautifully in 300 square feet. you know, space is definitely a premium in new york city. and no one ever has enough
space. and it's a relative term. i mean, i think, you know this is the new age of less is more. and i think in this situation the mayor's plan is a great idea. >> and i think the mayor is also saying, look, there are a lot of singles, singles in the city. and living in new york is very, very, very expensive. it's going to open up affordable housing for all the singles that live in this city. so you agree with that premise. you agree this would be a good idea? >> absolutely. i think it would be a great idea. i mean, as of now new york city only has one million studio or one-bedroom apartments. and there are eight million people in need of those sized units. in fact, i would love to see it expanded to for sale housing. i think a lot of people are priced out of the new york city market and actually leave the city unfortunately to more affordable cities where they can get a better quality of life. >> so you think as a real estate agent that if someone walked into your office and said i want this tiny space, it wouldn't be
too tough of a pitch coming from you to say, hey, perfect. got it. 300 square feet. you would have takers? >> absolutely. we'd get rid of them like hot cakes. >> wow. i want to read this line. i love this line. it was in the "new york daily news" article today. they describe these plans at "larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home." do you think that that's just the price of being single in new york? >> yeah. i mean, i think everyone has a new york real estate story about their first apartment. even the mayor has one. and i think it's a part of the process of living in this great city of ours. and, you know, living in a small space and how you manage that creatively is one of the great challenges of this great city. >> come on, sean. you wouldn't be cloaustrophobic? >> me, personally, no. i think smart design and this competition that the mayor is spearheading is going to be great because it's going to open up the door so to speak to think
outside of the box. and, you know, create what you can in a very small space. >> tell me a little bit more about what the mayor is pitching. i mean, he's sort of calling on designers, right, so figure out how to design, build, orchestrate 300 square feet. so what does he do with that once he gets those pitches? >> well, i think, you know, we've seen this in other major cities in the world. if you look at housing in tokyo, a lot of architects are very creative in how they store clothing, kitchens and things that become and have more than one use. so i think this competition is going to look at a lot of creative ideas and certainly things that could be implemented in other apartments, not necessarily 300 square feet, but bigger. >> what about -- this is the fun part for people who don't live in new york who get to say, nanny nanny boo boo to the people who live in new york, tell me what a 300 square foot apartment would cost -- let's
just say to rent in manhattan. >> well, the average price i think for a 300 square foot apartment would be about $2,000 a month. the really staggering -- >> hang on. i have to marinade on that for a minute. $2,000. and this is what you get. $2,000. and quickly, what would you be able to sell it for? >> well, it wasn't that long ago that we had our first $1 million studio sale in the city. so i think a 300 square foot space would sell for $450,000. >> okay. sean osher, there you have it. that's it for me. now to wolf blitzer and washington. "the situation room" begins now. brooke, thanks very much. happening now. >> governor romney has experienced owning companies that were called pioneers in the business of outsourcing. >> if there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the united states, not the guy who's running to replace him. >> mitt romney turns the tables
on president obama. but they're both missing an important point about outsourcing. also, the men who told us it's the economy stupid just updated their iconic slogan. james carville and stan greenberg are here in the studio to tell us what every politician should be saying right now. and the whole world's buzzing about a north korea mystery woman. she's always by the side of the new leader there. nobody seems to be saying who she is. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." president obama's been hammering mitt romney for sending u.s. jobs overseas during the years he rain bane capital. this afternoon in colorado romney turned the tables labeling the president as the outsourcer in